QuarterbackGRADE: Not applicable
Many feel that schools need a quarterback with every class. But Penn State reeled in two quarterbacks in last year's class and also has Daryl Clark waiting behind Anthony Morelli. In all, PSU has six scholarship QBs. We think that's enough.
Running BackGRADE: F
Penn State failed to get a running back in this class, which was a necessity. Currently, Penn State has Austin Scott, Rodney Kinlaw, Evan Royster and Brent Carter who can play the running back position. Scott and Kinlaw graduate after this year so a running back was essential on 2007. Broderick Green was thought to be the cure, but he ended up selecting USC over Penn State in a close battle. The good news? Penn State could move high school running back Lydell Sargeant to running back if need be. Also, next year Penn State will have several good running backs in its typical recruiting areas with Kevin Whaley from Salem High in Maryland (teammate of current recruit Chimaeze Okoli), Josh Haden and Lamar Thomas from Friendly High in Maryland, and Ryan Williams from Stonewall Jackson High in Virginia, just to name a few.
Wide ReceiverGRADE: B
Penn State didn't have a huge need at wide receiver this year with many young receivers on the roster already. It did get a guy with a big upside in Derek Moye and a versatile receiver in Jon Ditto who could play receiver or tight end at Penn State. Next year will be the year to go big on receivers with targets such as Kenny Tate from Hyattsville, Md., DeJuan Miller from Metuchen, N.J., and others.
Tight EndGRADE: A
I really like Andrew Szczerba to come in as a big blocking tight end with the ability to make plays with his hands as well. Also, Ditto could make the move to tight end and really open up the seams along with Andrew Quarless.
Offensive LineGRADE: B-
I like the players that Penn State got, but there was a glaring need for offensive tackles and it only picked up two and both were junior college transfers. That leaves them with only two years of eligibility, so next year offensive tackle will be a big need again. I do really like Stefen Wisniewski, Josh Marks and J.B. Walton for their long-term abilities, but believe they will all fit in at guard.
Defensive LineGRADE: A-
I really like this defensive line class coupled with last year's terrific class. The Lions got versatile guys in Devon Still and Okoli and an upside guy in Kevion Latham. The need wasn't huge for defensive line after last year, but the quality this year was still excellent.
I love Chris Colasanti's ability and Nate Stupar has a tremendous upside and enthusiasm. Andrew Dailey is a playmaker as well, but will have to adapt from safety. The good news is that they will all have time and great coaching under Ron Vanderlinden. Penn State is stocked with linebackers like USC is stacked with running backs.
Defensive BacksGRADE: B+
I like Nick Sukay a lot for his playmaking abilities and the possibility of an early impact. Chaz Powell and Stephfon Green are both very physical guys with good speed that will add great depth and could make an impact in the future. Drew Astorino is a good guy to have around as a playmaker and a real positive attitude guy to keep everyone going. Depth here is the key as most of the defensive back positions are locked down for at least a year, maybe two.
The Lions needed someone to replace Jeremy Kapinos and maybe a big leg to do kickoffs to save Kevin Kelly a bit for field goals. Penn State got its man in Ryan Breen. He will do what is asked and is definitely a hard worker; can't find much wrong here.
PSU did well, but this recruiting effort puts a lot of pressure on next year at a few positions. Running back and offensive tackle were need positions this past year; next year they will be desperation positions. Still, Penn State got quality recruits and developed good depth overall. None of these athletes wavered on their commitments, so you know they wanted to be in Happy Valley. Now it is all up to the coaches to get them ready. I think looking back on this class in a few years, it will prove to be strong. The good news is that Penn State kept pace with Michigan and Ohio State with this recruiting class, and added a lot of quality youth to an already young team.